ST. LOUIS – John Moore is expected to replace it Matt Grözelcik for Boston Bruins, when they will play St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at the Enterprise Center on Saturday (8 am, ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
"He's a left-handed stick, it keeps everything simple with respect to couples and their strengths," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said on Friday. "We will make that decision in the morning, and then I will let you know for sure, but that's the way we rely on it."
Patrice Bergeron did not practice Friday, but Cassidy said he will play in the game 3, while Bruins will try to take the lead in the best of the 7 series.
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Moore has no points in five games in the Stanley Cup playoffs and last played in the 4th Eastern Conference against Carolina Harikans when he replaced the injured quarterback Zdeno Chara.
"This is why you train, why are you getting ready, why worry about yourself," Moore said. "When you are called up, it's time to do your job. That's the mentality we had all year, the next person, so now it's my turn." I'm ready to go. "
Gerselk, who has seven points (three goals, four assists) in 19 playoff matches, left Game 2 on Wednesday in the first period after a shot from the Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist which resulted in boarding. Grzelcyk is a day out in a contusion protocol and did not travel with the St. Louis team. Sundqvist was suspended a match on Thursday by the NHL Department of Player Safety.
"[Grzelcyk] is a player on which we rely on sliding out of the zone, "said Chara." He is a great champion. He sees the ice well. It is very important that he is on the ice. But we believe that he will recover quickly and we have obviously enough good players in our system that will fill that role. "
Connor Clifton, who is expected to be associated with Moore for Game 3, said the two played together before which a smooth transition should be made.
"Obviously, he's a great player, a lot of fun to watch," Clifton said. "He's really good on the offensive blue line, so I think we'll be loud to each other, get out of [defensive] zone pretty fast. We hope that we will play in the zone O most of the night. "
This will be Moore's first appearance in the 2014 Cup final when he played at four with New York Rangers against Los Angeles Kings. But Moore, who had the help in that series, said he did not draw much from that experience.
"Here and now, I'm not focused on what happened in the past," he said. "But it's definitely one of those things you can breathe deeply, make sure you're focused. There's a lot of distractions in this stage of the playoffs." If anything, I feel that I'm more mature enough to deal with it and be focused on my work. "
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